THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH – don’t miss reading this book!
Ingenu/e magazine – Spring edition 2017
Told from the viewpoint of young Harry Beere, The Kid on Slapton Beach opens in the midst of the confusion of a small Devon community faced with the prospect of leaving their homes and the security of their village life just before Christmas.
From the opening lines the tension and upset of their forced exodus is tangible, but the disruption of their departure is overshadowed by a greater tragedy, one that was covered up for fifty years, and one that is gradually revealed, menacingly, unbelievably as the story unfolds.
With the lyrical economy of a poet, Felicity Fair Thompson paints a vivid picture of this rural idyll shattered by conflict; she captures the sense of wartime Britain in a way that feels almost familiar. Her attention to detail indicates an acute observer of human behaviour, fleshing out the key characters and capturing the essence of youth in the idiosyncrasies of boyhood – the eponymous kid a mixture of callow bravado and childlike fragility as he investigates the often challenging encounters with those around him.
A potent combination of war story, rite of passage and the angst of stressful family relationships, set against a factual backdrop – no less extraordinary for being factual – The Kid on Slapton Beach is a captivating read. Work lay untouched, phones went unanswered, meals were late… I couldn’t put it down! The Kid on Slapton Beach is available from bookshops, or direct from www.wightdiamondpress.com and is also available as an e-book from Amazon and Smashwords.
Editor Gill Kaye
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Michelle Magorian, author of Goodnight Mr Tom says:
HOLD TIGHT is unputdownable! It is like a novel and a screenplay rolled into one. I could see the depressing, run down areas around Southampton and I desperately wanted WPC Velalley to find Angie. I could feel the pain of the young mother and I was nauseated by the locust-like journalists. I was drawn into Velalley’s exhausting juggling of career, marriage and child care, and felt the frustration of the police when they appeared to be getting no where…
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From the author of THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH, a brand new story
by Felicity Fair Thompson
A missing child somewhere out there in the darkness… no mother should have to wait alone. And what if…
In a race against time WPC Jane Velalley must use all her energy and wits and still hold tight to everything she loves and values most herself. Child Protection – it’s a tough job. Could you do it?
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First comment: Just finished the new book – what a cracker! I couldn’t put it down. Beautifully crafted and really perceptive descriptions.
Extract From The Kid on Slapton Beach
Twelve year old Harry is one of three thousand people leaving the Devon coast, but why do they all have to go?
The wireless was on now and Harry could smell the cooked soup. He opened his bedroom door a crack. His little sister was fast asleep. His mother was curled up on the sofa by the wireless. He wondered if she might be crying. He wanted to go out there and sit beside her and listen with her like Daddy used to, so she wouldn’t be by herself. Instead he took the bowl of soup from the floor beside his door and pulled back inside. He sat on his bed eating it. It was warm and delicious and comforting. Afterwards he lay on the bed watching the shadows on the wall in the lamp light and looking at the photograph of his dad.
He could hear the hum of the wireless and Mr Churchill was saying:
We did not undertake this task because we had counted the cost, or because we had carefully measured the duration. We took it on because duty and honour called us to it, content to drive on until we have finished the job.
This book is beautiful. You can’t stop reading even though you don’t want it to end. Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders
Superb on so many levels. A wonderful book! Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’
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